The New Metroid Title by Team Ninja: MTV speculates…

Take a look at this! features an interesting line of questioning about the upcoming Metroid game from Team Ninja. Have a read and see what you think:

You’ve Got Ninja Gaiden in my Metroid
Posted by Russ Frushtick

The biggest surprise of Nintendo’s E3 press conference was the “Metroid: Other M” announcement trailer. Even more shocking than the games’ existence, was its developer, Team Ninja. Yep, the guys that brought “Ninja Gaiden” back to gaming greatness. One might consider this great news. Team Ninja is, after all, an extremely accomplished developer, and the trailer did look ok…but is it “Metroid”?

We’re about to get into hardcore speculation here, since I haven’t seen or played the game, but stick with me. The trailer was not only heavily story-based, with more dialog than the whole of the “Metroid” series, but it was also very action-based. Now I know that exploration doesn’t exactly “sell” in a sizzle trailer, but since the beginning “Metroid” has been about exploration, with action just providing something to fill the time between point A and point B. You’re placed in a massive world, given little to no direction on where to go, and then must use your available abilities to progress deeper and farther.

What it’s not is “Ninja Gaiden,” which uses exploration as a means to get you to more action. And if that’s what “Metroid: Other M” becomes, I’ll be pretty bummed. In an interview with Gamespot, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime seemed to imply that the game would be more old school:

“As we looked at where we wanted to go with Metroid, we wanted to place Samus back in the more traditional lineage of Metroid. We wanted to do it in a way that had a harder edge, and we wanted to go deeper into her story and more into this Metroid mythology,”

Until I see actual progression in gameplay (my guess: E3 2010) I’m going to assume that this “harder edge” results in more guns and fewer square-based maps. Prove me wrong, Team Ninja! In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying “Shadow Complex” and pretending it’s “Super Metroid 2.”

So what do you think? Will this Metroid lose the essence of the series or will it be another awesome entry in one of the coolest franchises of all time?

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